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James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in the Mail on Sunday.

What would happen to the UK if Scotland votes for independence? Photo: Getty Images.

Why won’t the Salmond / Darling debate be shown in England?

30 July 2014 16:15

The future of Britain is at stake, but you wouldn’t know it from how ITV is behaving. On Tuesday, STV will broadcast a live debate between Alex Salmond and the… Continue reading

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David Ruffley to stand down as an MP

28 July 2014 20:00

David Ruffley has announced that he is standing down as an MP at the next election. Ruffley’s decision follows the story about him being cautioned by the police following a… Continue reading

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Baroness Betty Boothroyd is leading the charge against the government's exclusion of the Leader of the House of Lords, Baroness Stowell, from Cabinet. (Image: Getty)

Betty Boothroyd and peers set to rebuke Cameron over Baroness Stowell’s exclusion from Cabinet

28 July 2014 17:13

Update: In a sign of the strength of feeling in the Lords on this matter, Boothroyd’s motion rebuking Cameron passed by 177 votes to 29. This foolish, unforced error now… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband Attends Launch Of Online Mental Health Resource For Children

Ed Miliband tries to turn his vices into virtues

27 July 2014 10:12

Ed Miliband’s admirers are hailing his speech on Friday as an attempt to change how we think about leadership. It might have been that, but it was also a very… Continue reading

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Big Ben and the The Houses of Parliament

A full separation of powers could reinvigorate parliament

26 July 2014 13:22

Last summer, parliament was recalled after President Assad’s forces used chemical weapons in Syria. David Cameron wanted the Commons to support air strikes against the Syrian regime in response. But… Continue reading

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The UK's booming services economy is reflected in London's changing skyline. Image: Getty

The economy is above its pre-crisis level – but when will voters feel the benefit?

25 July 2014 10:11

The economy is now, at last, larger than its pre-recession peak. The coalition parties are keen to claim vindication this morning. Nick Clegg has declared that ‘The rescue has worked’… Continue reading

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Diane James and Nigel Farage in Eastleigh last year. (Image: Getty)

Diane James is promoted to Ukip’s new look front bench

24 July 2014 13:50

Nigel Farage has promoted a slew of women to senior roles in his reshuffle of the Ukip front bench. Diane James, who came close to winning the Eastleigh by-election, becomes… Continue reading

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The Ukip shuffle: Can the party become more than a one man band?

23 July 2014 19:51

Nigel Farage has started his long awaited reshuffle of the Ukip top team tonight. Patrick O’Flynn, the former Daily Express journalist, becomes the party’s economics spokesman. Given O’Flynn’s writings, we… Continue reading

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Cameron’s Lords mess

22 July 2014 20:25

In the last reshuffle, David Cameron made Tina Stowell the leader of the House of Lords. But, astonishingly, he didn’t make her a full member of the Cabinet, giving her… Continue reading

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Many of Britain’s best head teachers backed Michael Gove

21 July 2014 14:09

Reading the papers over the last few days, you’d be forgiven for thinking that no teachers backed Michael Gove and his agenda. But a letter in The Sunday Times yesterday told… Continue reading

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The carnival is over for the Notting Hill set

20 July 2014 13:34

It is the Sunday after the reshuffle before. Today’s papers are brimming with post reshuffle stories; and not of the kind that Downing Street will like. The Mail on Sunday… Continue reading

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Labour Party Leader Ed Miliband Speaks At The Scottish Labour conference

Miliband’s message: I’m neither New Labour nor Old Labour

19 July 2014 8:52

On the hottest weekend of the year, few people would want to be stuck inside in Milton Keynes. But that is where the Labour hierarchy finds itself. For this weekend… Continue reading

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PMQs: David Cameron jumps on Harriet Harman’s ‘tax bombshell’

16 July 2014 13:42

David Cameron cut his political teeth on the 1992 election campaign. He has long told colleagues that he think 2015 will be a very similar election to 1992. Today he… Continue reading

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Video: the assassination of Michael Gove

15 July 2014 16:06

Michael Gove‘s departure from the Department for Education is the biggest shock of this reshuffle. Tory MPs have been even more surprised by it than they were William Hague’s leaving… Continue reading

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Philip Hammond: a very Eurosceptic Foreign Secretary

14 July 2014 23:55

Philip Hammond’s promotion to Foreign Secretary means that we now have a Foreign Secretary who is on the record as saying he would vote to leave the EU unless substantial… Continue reading

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William Hague to quit as Foreign Secretary

14 July 2014 22:03

listen to ‘Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth discuss William Hague stepping down as Foreign Secretary’ on Audioboo William Hague is quitting as Foreign Secretary before standing down as an MP… Continue reading

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Cameron will breathe a sigh of relief if the Church of England vote for women bishops

14 July 2014 16:03

Number 10 has a lot on its mind with the looming Cabinet reshuffle, but I suspect that there’ll be a sigh of relief there if the General Synod of the… Continue reading

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Nigel Farage hints at how a Tory / Ukip electoral pact might work

13 July 2014 10:38

Vote Farage, get Miliband might not have quite as much resonance with voters as the Tories would like. But it is certainly effective with donors. If Ukip is seen as… Continue reading

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US German relations nearing a post-war low

12 July 2014 14:45

In an era of Russian revanchism, the cracks in the US German relations are particularly concerning. Angela Merkel’s decision to announce the expulsion of the CIA’s Berlin station chief over… Continue reading

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David Cameron only has a few days to decide who will join Jean-Claude Jucker's (r)Commission in Brussels. (Image: BERTRAND LANGLOIS/AFP/Getty Images)

The Great Brussels Steeplechase: runners and riders to be Britain’s next European Commissioner

10 July 2014 14:11

Next week, EU leaders will meet to parcel out the top jobs in the next European Commission. So David Cameron doesn’t have long to decide who he is going to… Continue reading

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Michael Gove’s ‘personal crusade’

10 July 2014 9:25

Michael Gove’s speech to today’s education reform conference is a robust defence of his reforms. He calls closing the attainment gap between rich and poor a ‘personal crusade for me’.… Continue reading

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David Cameron answers the questions at PMQs.

Ed Miliband needs to mix things up to avoid Cameron’s PMQs attacks

9 July 2014 13:37

Ed Miliband’s first few questions to David Cameron today were about the various inquiries into child abuse. Miliband wasn’t interested in creating controversy: he didn’t ask about whether Lady Butler-Sloss… Continue reading

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Melita Norwood in 1999. Image: PA

The traitor Melita Norwood should have been prosecuted

7 July 2014 16:53

Today brings a fresh reminder of a national disgrace, the failure to prosecute Melita Norwood for treason. Newly released files from the Mitrokhin archive make clear how vital a KGB… Continue reading

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A disunited kingdom would be a mess – it needs to be kept together

3 July 2014 17:46

If Scotland did leave, it would be a disaster for the rump UK that would be left behind, I argue in the magazine this week. We would go from Great… Continue reading

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PMQs: Cameron and Miliband revisit their youthful indiscretions

2 July 2014 13:11

Today’s PMQs will not live long in the memory. Ed Miliband led on the NHS and the debate quickly turned into a statistical stalemate. Indeed, at the end Andy Burnham… Continue reading

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